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People who suffer chest pain or a heart attack, conditions described as acute coronary syndrome, also commonly experience anxiety and a sense of terror from dying, which can go on to develop into depression and other mood disturbances. Emotional response to pain was greater if the pain was associated with a cardiac cause and in female patients, according to a study. Factors that were protective of distress and fear included an active lifestyle.
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About: Impending sense of doom for heart victims
Date: 28 December 2005
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